Emerald Fennells Promising Young lady Doesnt Let Anybody Free

 In Promising Young lady, Carey Mulligan plays a lady who chases down sexual stalkers by claiming to be flushed at bars and afterward defying the ones who attempt to exploit her. 

In obscurity parody Promising Young lady, Cassie (Carey Mulligan) works at a bistro by day and chases sexual stalkers around evening time. She goes to bars, professes to be tumbling down alcoholic — and afterward stands up to the ones who attempt to exploit her. 

Cassie is avenging the demise of her dearest companion, who, the film infers, has kicked the bucket by self destruction in the wake of being assaulted at clinical school. Essayist and chief Emerald Fennell says the film was enlivened, to some extent, by the messages different motion pictures send about liquor and assent.

When I was growing up — and I think still probably it's the case now — in movies, getting women drunk to sleep with them, filling up their drink more than you'd fill your own, waiting at the end of the night to see who's drunk at the club, girls waking up not knowing who's in bed next to them — it was just comedy fodder," Fennell says. "We live in a culture where this sort of stuff is normalized."

Fennell got her start in television as an actor, then worked as the showrunner for the second season of Killing Eve. Promising Young Woman is the first film she's directed. The movie has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including best director and best original screenplay. Fennell describes the film as "a kind of fantasy — with wish fulfillment" but also as something "much darker and, I hope, more honest than that."

I always wanted to make a film, I think, that people would really enjoy and emotionally connect to and find gripping and romantic and all of those things, but [that's] also not a film that lets anyone off the hook," she says. "That's a really interesting position for a filmmaker: to make an audience feel that they're in familiar territory when they're not."

On the film's depictions of sexual assault, especially as it relates to alcohol

In Britain at the moment, the most incredible thing is happening, which is that women and girls are writing about their experiences [with sexual assault] at schools. Honestly, the volume, the sheer volume of these stories shows just how commonplace this stuff is. There's nothing in this film that isn't — and regrettably — incredibly normal and certainly was when I was growing up. And I think for anyone who thinks that these things weren't horribly common, I think, probably never went to a party or a nightclub, or is kidding themselves.

On the character of Cassie

This is a film about a woman who is trying to find a way forward in a very grief-stricken and angry way. And part of her journey, part of her means of coping is to present herself as incredibly functioning. Like a lot of addicts, I think, she is somewhat addicted to these nighttime excursions, which make her feel kind of fleetingly better. During the day, she wears a lot of pink. Her hair is always immaculate. Her nails are perfect — kind of whimsical pastels. She's weaponized her femininity, not just in a kind of aggressive way, but as a defense. Like, she knows that people won't ask too many questions of her if she hides in plain sight like this.

On why she wanted Cassie's act of revenge to be scaring men rather than committing acts of violence

I think part of the film for me was taking a genre that I really love, which is the revenge thriller, and seeing if I could ... use that structure, which we're all so familiar with, but do something unexpected with it — and most importantly, do something that felt feasible to me and female, because I think so often in these kinds of films, and particularly when it pertains to violence, it is not feasible that a woman commits acts of violence against men in the night. It's not a fair thing to expect. And I think this film is very clear about what happens if you were to try. I really started it by thinking: If I was going to 

go on a journey like this, what could I do? And if I couldn't shoot a gun and I'm too unfit to kind of wrestle someone, what could I do to effect some kind of change or to punish people or frighten them? I could do what she does, which is scare them.